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Implementation of digital technology solutions for a lung health trial in rural Malawi

Chisunkha, B., Banda, H., Thomson, R. et al.

There is a global epidemic of non-communicable disease including chronic lung disease. In the case of chronic lung disease, this challenge plays out in the context of a high burden of communicable diseases and pulmonary tuberculosis in particular.

The World Health Organization Practical Approach to Lung Health (PAL) provides an approach to address the dual challenges of chronic lung disease and tuberculosis. We designed the Triage Plus cluster randomised controlled trial to determine the effect of using an adaptation of the PAL strategy in combination with engagement of informal health providers on the case detection and treatment of chronic lung disease and tuberculosis in rural Malawi (trial registration number: PACTR201411000910192).

In this research letter, we describe the ways in which we used digital technology solutions to prepare for the Triage Plus trial including mapping the study area, obtaining a sample of participants and collecting and managing baseline data from study participants.

Citation

Chisunkha, B., Banda, H., Thomson, R. et al. "Implementation of digital technology solutions for a lung health trial in rural Malawi" European Respiratory Journal (2016): 1,876–9